It was sad to think that this was the last day of Ozri 2013, but there was no time to reflect as we launched straight into an interactive panel discussion on the reality of life in the cloud
Linda Bengston and Josh Percival – two of the key architects behind Esri Australia’s ground-breaking Hosted Services solution then took the stage to discuss the increasing demand for hosted services that can be scaled up or down at short notice.
After a spectacular debut in yesterday’s plenary, Esri’s City Engine supremo Gert van Maren kicked off day two in the Geospatial Galaxy with an insight into the mesmerising capabilities of 3D Analyst and CityEngine. It was amazing to see just what City Engine can do – one of the highlights of Ozri 2013 IMO!
Andrew Lewin was next up with a presentation on how Bestrane developed RouteSmart for ArcGIS – an application which combined Esri technology and NAVTEQ mapping to help a key client improve efficiencies by reducing the number of routes and total service time.
After an amazing Gala Dinner last night there were some bleary-eyed people heading straight for the coffee stands this morning. But a spectacular line-up of presenters in the Planet GIS stream was just the tonic to get us all going for the final day of Ozri 2013…
First up was Esri Australia’s Peter Corlett and Ebony Wickramanayake, who showed how a number of new features in the Spatial Statistics toolbox such as Optimised Hot Spot Analysis and regression analysis can reduce subjectivity when presenting spatial information.
This morning I sat in on the GIS in Resources User Group which included mining, oil and gas professionals from right across Australia. The group heard from Drew Smith – a GIS Specialist who talked about the growth of GIS at his organisation, Atlas Iron.
We then listened to Willy Lynch – Esri’s Mining GIS Solutions Practice Lead, who has more than 25 years’ of GIS and geotechnical project experience. Willy described a number of relevant resources case studies that generated some lengthy discussion amongst the group.
Right now I’m off to another user group – this time its Emergency Services. We’re lucky to be joined by Esri’s Paul Doherty – a public safety technology expert who will give his perspective on the role geography plays in meeting the challenges in emergency management.